Weekend Reading: March 2, 2013

Seven Years Old!
source: mandiehman on Instagram

Born at 37 weeks and 1 day at just 6 lbs., 7 oz. after being labeled an “inevitable miscarriage” in the first trimester, this tiny peanut has always held a very special place in my heart. She was a mama’s girl from the beginning, but she wasn’t exceptionally colicky like our youngest; she just needed mama. And I was okay with that!

In just five days, she’ll be 7, and I’m finding myself a little weepy over the idea. How did she get so grown up — reading chapter books, caring for our pets, making fruit salad for lunch and watching over her baby sister?

She is the most tenderhearted of our girls, and you can almost always find her at the table crafting or outside with our cat when she has free time. When it comes to schoolwork, she’s hardworking and diligent, quickly working through her list of independent subjects and always ready to do more and take on a challenge.

I’m so proud of her and thankful to be her mama, and this week I’m trying to focus on that instead of my own sadness over yet another year gone by!

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Here are some of my favorite posts from this week. As always, check out what I’m reading to see the other posts that make me stop and think. You’ll find new posts all week long!

Food {Eat Well, Spend Less Q&A}

  • Favorite Grocery Stores | Keeping the Kingdom First
  • Introducing New Foods to Your Kids | Food for My Family
  • A Personal Q&A with 7 Bloggers Behind the Series | Simple Bites
  • What We Waste, and Don’t | Denver Bargains

Family {Every Moment Counts}

  • Is Praising Kids Bad Parenting? I Don’t Think So. | The Happiest Mom

Have a great weekend!